Friday, January 25, 2008

10K ski race this Sunday

By Betsy Baertlein
Feature Editor

A 10-kilometer classic style ski race will take place at Saint Mary’s University on Sunday, Jan. 27.

This is the fifth year that SMU has tried to hold the event, but only the third year that there has been enough snow.
Usually about 30 to 40 participants from the Winona community, including SMU students, faculty and staff compete in the event. The 10K is being promoted more among the SMU community this year than in other years, with a goal of 100 participants.

In the future, the Fall Frolic 5K, the SMU 10K and the SOUL Triathlon may be combined into an event series with participation and competitive awards.

Students need not worry about their skiing experience to participate in the 10K, as there is a recreational class. The SMU 10K is free for SMU students, faculty and staff. Cross country skis can be checked out from the Environmental Awareness Center.

“Brother Jerome and Brother John have worked for years as a labor of love on developing these opportunities in the bluffs through cutting trails and operating the Environmental Awareness Center,” said Chris Kendall, vice president for student development.

Their hard work has paid off, as the SMU trails are hot spots for local hikers and skiers.

“The trails are a great asset to the campus, and with all the snow this winter many have rediscovered winter sports, especially Nordic skiing,” said Kendall.

Registration for the 10K ski race will begin in the Toner Student Center at 11 a.m., and there will be a mass start with a hot air balloon launch (weather permitting) at 1 p.m.

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